The Presidency has accepted the European Union election observers final report of the 2019 elections released earlier on Saturday in Abuja.
According to Presidency, the fact that EU EOM did not question the outcome of the election was proof the polls reflected the overall will of Nigerians.
This is according to a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, where the Presidency promised to analyse the report fully and act on the recommendations.
The statement noted that the Muhammadu Buhari administration had good intentions and “commitment to a pure democratic process, and desire to improve for the next elections.”
The statement pointed out that the EU observers had in their report said there were “marked improvements from previous elections, although stating that more work needed to be done.”
“The administration of President Buhari will work with all Nigerian citizens, state institutions, parties, civil society, the media and other experts to make sure that the improvements recommended by the EU are implemented, and that these areas of concern are addressed.”
Presidency hailed INEC’s handling of the 2019 elections even though it admitted that there were pockets of violence in few areas across the country.
“We believe that the commission conducted a good election and will continue to improve on its processes and procedures.
“While it is regretted that the elections in a few parts of the country witnessed some violence, among other shortcomings highlighted by the EU, we note however that none of these hitches affected the overall outcome of the elections.”
The presidency was grateful that the EU observers did not question the results of the polls and held that this is proof that the polls reflected the will of all Nigerians.
“Thankfully, EU did not question the results of the presidential election.
“This is further proof that the polls reflected the overall will of Nigerians, and that the world is solidly behind the election of President Buhari for a second term.”